6 month old chicks, no eggs yet!


In the Brooder
9 Years
May 10, 2010
Austin, TX
I have four chickens, they are all 22-24 weeks, and no eggs yet!

I'm worried that because the days will be getting shorter I will not see any eggs until next summer!

The weather has been gorgeous, we had a pretty mild summer, they've been on layer food for a month now, they have a 8 x 10 coop with an attached 8 x 8 run and get nothing but fresh air - any ideas what is going on? I have a barred rock, an americauna, a rhode island red, and a golden laced wyandotte.

Any help on what they might need will be appreciated!
Time. That's what they need.

I have 5 chickens who are around 24-25 weeks old, and not an egg amongst them yet.
barred rocks and rhode island reds won't have a problem starting to lay in the middle of an ice storm lol. My two barred rocks laid through snow and everything, started laying in Jan. I am not too familiar with Wyandottes, but if the ameraucana is a hatchery chick or Easter Egger they can start around 28 weeks, not sure how they lay in winter I have one now who is 26 weeks old
no eggs yet. I also have a 26 week old Barred Rock who is taking her sweet time to mature
You've got pretty hardy breeds. Except for the ameraucana, I'm guessing you'll have to wait until spring for her.. RIR and BR I bet will certainly give you eggs before the frost, and the glw I bet too... Though not positive on that one
just wondering what kind of chicken do you have? have you found a lot of feathers around the coop?...if so the are molting and when they do that thay will not lay eggs, i have hens that i hatched in march and haven't started laying yet.
yes the days are getting sort, my i suguest putting a light in to the coop with a timer?? oh you might want to take them off of layer food untill they start laying.

good luck
I have RIR, BO, BR they were all over 25 weeks old before they started to lay. Most were around 29 weeks old.. My EE and Ameraucanas were 31-34 weeks old.. The EE started to lay on the two coldest days of our winter...One was 17* and the other 22*! I don't think, you will have to wait until spring time...
Thank you! Grrrrr...... patience surely is a virtue.
And I will look into getting a light, I was wondering about that anyway. I live in Central Texas so the winters aren't bad, usually just a few nights below freezing. Thanks and good luck to you all!!!

I'm still waiting, and my oldest is about the same age. Any day now, I keep telling myself.

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